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Yahk-Kingsgate Carefest raises $10,000 for East Kootenay health foundation

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The Yahk Kingsgate Recreation Society’s Carefest fundraiser for the East Kootenay Foundation for Health’s intensive care unit redevelopment campaign can only be described as outstanding. At the close of the evening, the crowd was not disappointed as an outstanding $10,000 was presented to representatives from EKFH who attended the event.

The Oct. 3 fundraiser was a fun-filled extravaganza with lots of opportunities for supporters to bid on live and silent auction items, take a chance on prizes featured on the treasure trees or simply make a donation.

The evening was further complemented with a scrumptious buffet dinner and music from the always popular Creston Community Band.

The audience was a varied mix of young and old all with a common goal of supporting the YKRS in showing its commitment to health care at the regional hospital.

“We are so proud of our accomplishment in the amount being contributed to the ICU,” said YKRS president Judy Dickson. “The entire committee deserves a huge round of applause and a well-earned break after a job well done.”

“I was unbelievably taken back at how well-organized and presented the Carefest fundraiser was in Yahk,” said EKFH assistant director Patricia Whalen. “To the people and organizations who supported the Yahk Kingsgate Recreation Society, thank you. To YKRS itself, your trust and support for EKFH is very much appreciated.”

The summer has been a busy one for the ICU redevelopment campaign, with events in support of and donations arriving on a regular basis. The East Kootenay Regional Hospital’s new ICU is to be commissioned in the spring of 2016.

A major donor driven community campaign to raise $1,000,000 was launched in October 2014 to assist in the purchase of various ICU capital equipment. The fundraising campaign is anticipated to meet its target prior to the commissioning. For more information on the ICU campaign, visit www.ekfh.ca.

—EAST KOOTENAY FOUNDATION FOR HEALTH

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